Inside St. Louis Public Radio | St. Louis Public Radio

Inside St. Louis Public Radio

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and Attorney General Josh Hawley spoke in the St. Louis area on Aug. 30, 2018.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

On Thursday, October 18th, 130 Missouri residents will gather at Nine Network’s studio in St. Louis to watch incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill (D) and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) face off in a debate as they battle for a seat on the U.S. Senate.


Beginning Monday, September 10, St. Louis Public Radio will air America on the Line from WNYC, Monday through Thursday, from 7-8 p.m. America on the Line, a weeknight call-in show, aims to bring Americans together for a national conversation during the lead-up to the midterm elections.

Tim Eby
David Kovaluk

St. Louis Public Radio General Manager Tim Eby was elected to the Board of Directors of National Public Radio (NPR) in August. He will serve a three-year term, beginning November 2018.

A voter's guide to the Aug. 7 primary

Aug 6, 2018
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

Ahead of the Aug. 7 primary election, we've compiled a list of key races, with links to our in-depth reporting, in addition to other resources to help inform your vote.

A look back at the great flood of '93: A special report from our newsroom

Jul 30, 2018
David Kovaluk / St. Louis Public Radio

Twenty-five years ago, on Aug. 1, 1993, the Mississippi River crested in the city of St. Louis at the highest level ever recorded — 49.58 feet. By the time the water retreated, the Mississippi and Missouri rivers had topped or burst levees in nine states, killed 50 people and caused $15 billion in damage. Residents can still feel the impact of the watershed disaster a quarter of a century later.

An illustration of a group of four people sitting around a table.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

The messages about the need for diversity in our neighborhoods, region and workplaces keep coming, and they are important.

So I was glad to hear them last week during a day-long seminar on diversity and inclusion sponsored by Ameren at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

I had hoped that the program would include deep conversations that challenged me to question assumptions. I wanted a reminder that my position in the world as a white woman from an upper-middle class family means that I am inherently blind to the experiences and realities of people who aren’t like me.

I need that reminder, as a resident of long-segregated and unequal St. Louis, and as the executive editor at St. Louis Public Radio, an imperfect institution that is trying to include more voices on its staff and in its work (an effort equally important to NPR).

David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

The ArchCity Defenders, a non-profit law firm focused on civil rights, will soon announce their Excellence in Poverty Journalism Awards to recognize journalists who cover race, class and poverty in depth.

David Kovaluk / St. Louis Public Radio

On Thursday, June 28, Science Reporter Eli Chen and comedian and writer Zack Stovall hosted another sold out Story Collider event at The Ready Room.

Violet Crown Photo Works

Jennifer Brake / St. Louis Public Radio


St. Louis Public Radio fans love their Cardinals. Last Thursday, 150 endured the drizzle to watch the Cardinals take on the Brewers on the Public Media Common’s two-story outdoor screen at Who’s on Deck? What’s on Draft? sponsored by Carol House Furniture.

Smart speaker owners can enjoy hands-free listening to St. Louis Public Radio in more ways now than ever.

On an Amazon Alexa Device:

Simply say, “Alexa, play NPR,” to listen live to our main channel, KWMU-1.

Additionally, we offer a flash briefing that allows you to listen to our most recent regional newscast by asking, “Alexa, what’s in the news?” 

Learn more about listening with Alexa.

Carolina Hidalgo / St. Louis Public Radio

Nearly two hundred awards were presented to Missouri’s best radio and TV stations during the Missouri Broadcasters Awards ceremony, held June 2 at the Lodge of the Four Seasons at Lake Ozark, MO. St. Louis Public Radio received Certificates of Merit for the following work: 

Jo Mannies for Breaking News for large market radio: “Right to work affects unions most, but all Missouri voters will have a say in 2018

Ryan Delaney for Feature Reporting for large market radio: “Because ‘sometimes the coffee ain’t gonna do it’: One man’s quest to make St. Louis smile

Durrie Bouscaren for News Series for large market radio: “Medication denied: St. Louis inmates claim medical neglect in local jails

Jason Rosenbaum for Sports for large market radio: “St. Louis tries, but fails, to land a Major League Soccer team

Executive Editor Shula Neuman spoke proudly of her team’s nominations. "It's always fulfilling to have our work recognized by other journalists. I know 2017 was a demanding year, but having our work recognized like this affirms that our commitment to quality journalism pays off."

We're happy to report that the transmitter that serves Quincy listeners is repaired and working perfectly. HD channels are now available for off-air listening. We thank our listeners for their patience.

Previous Updates from Director of Technology Daryl McQuinn:

Good news from our newsroom

May 17, 2018
Debra R. Beckman | Missouri NEA

Awards. Recognition. And a party! 

Gerry Rohde tribute: Staff and listeners share memories

May 11, 2018
Gerry Rohde
Erin Gerrity | Washington University

Updated May 11 with St. Louis on the Air conversation in remembrance of Rohde. Orginial story published May 9.

Gerry Rohde’s voice has been familiar to St. Louis Public Radio listeners for more than 30 years. He died this week of an unknown cause.

Geralf  “Gerry” Rohde was born in Bremen, Germany, in 1962. He grew up with his older sister, Geena Eaton, who shared his love for country music, especially Waylon Jennings. According to Eaton, Rohde loved the English language and spent a year in St. Louis as an exchange student in 1978 at Bayless High School.

Stephen Voss/NPR

This Thursday and Friday, May 3 and 4, Joshua Johnson will broadcast 1A live from St. Louis Public Radio. More than 100 lucky guests will attend Thursday's show.

1A is produced by WAMU 88.5 in Washington, D.C. and distributed by NPR. As an NPR member station, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts 1A to listeners Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. to listeners across metropolitan St. Louis, in Quincy, Illinois, and in Rolla and Lebanon, Missouri.

Inspired by the First Amendment

David Kovaluk / St. Louis Public Radio

More than 400 attended St. Louis Public Radio’s annual dinner Talk, Toast, Taste at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. Thanks to the event committee co-chaired by Judy Glik and Harvard Muhm, the STLPR board led by Diane Katzman, and enthusiastic fans of St. Louis Public Radio and NPR, the event raised $180,000.

Radio Television Digital News Association

St. Louis Public Radio won two 2018 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971.

Bill Greenblatt, UPI

The announcement of Carl Kasell’s death has hit colleagues at NPR member stations and their listeners hard. Many have known or listened to Kasell for decades.

Kasell joined NPR in 1975 as a part-time newscaster for Weekend All Things Considered. For 30 years, he provided newscasts for NPR’s daily newsmagazine Morning Edition, a role he held since the program’s inception in 1979 until 2009.

Stephen Lam / Reuters

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, April 10 and Wednesday, April 11. St. Louis Public Radio will carry NPR's live coverage of Tuesday's testimony.